Grass, Feather Reed Karl Forester
Description: 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year. Rather drought tolerant and tolerating a wide range of garden soils. Feather Reed Grass has a wonderful upright growth habit, making it very useful to place behind perennials with a spreading or rounded shape. The feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall.
Common Name: Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass
Scientific Name: Calamogrostis acutiflora 'Karl Forester'
Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 4- 5' Tall, 2' Wide
Flower Color: In June, they are loose, feathery & pinkish in color. Through the summer they gradually turn a wheaten color that lasts through the Fall.
Foliage Color: Little Fall color, eventually turning Tan in the Winter
Landscape Use: Useful to place behind Perennials with a spreading or rounded shape
Soil: Moist, Well-drained, Can thrive in clay and sandy soils.
Zone: 4 - 7
Growth Rate: Moderate
Companion Plants: Artemisia, Powis Castle or Russian Sage, Coreopsis, Coneflower
Maintenance: Cut back to 2" in late Winter or early Spring